Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of City Redistricting

Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of City Redistricting : Minority-Opportunity Districts and the Election of Hispanics and Blacks to City Councils

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Why do cities with similar minority populations vary greatly in the adoption of minority-opportunity districts and, by extension, differ in the number of elected Hispanic and black representatives? Through in-depth research of the districting processes of more than 100 cities, Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of City Redistricting provides the first nationwide study of minority-opportunity districts at the local level. Joshua G. Behr explores the motives of the players involved, including incumbent legislators, Department of Justice officials, and organized interests, while investigating the roles that segregation, federal oversight, litigation, partisan elections, and resource disparity, among others, play in the election of Hispanics and blacks. Behr's book documents--for both theorists and practitioners--the necessary conditions for enhancing minority-opportunity districts at the local level.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 170 pages
  • 152.4 x 235.2 x 15.49mm | 363g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791459950
  • 9780791459959

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"Gone are the days when blacks or Hispanics could be examined in isolation of one another, and Behr does a good job of drawing out the differences in the politics of districting for each of these groups. In particular, he goes beyond facile assertions that blacks and Hispanics are different and instead looks empirically at variables on which they differ, such as degree of segregation, so that more meaningful conclusions can be drawn."
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About Joshua G. Behr

Joshua G. Behr is Professor of Political Science at Old Dominion University.
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